It is important that your puppy is as healthy as possible from the beginning.
Each puppy should receive a few core vaccines (starting around 6-8 weeks of age) to prevent diseases which can be life threatening: Multiple Distemper-Parvo (DA2PP) vaccines are usually recommended, and One Rabies vaccine at about 16 weeks of age Other vaccines may be recommended if your pet is around other pets, travel with you, go to dog parks or stay at boarding facilities, etc. These vaccines include Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Coronavirus, Leptosporosis, Rattlesnake vaccine, and the Dental vaccine and the Giardia vaccine. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle so they may recommend the vaccines your pet needs to stay healthy.
Both puppies and Kittens should also be dewormed. This involves a simple injection or oral medication, sometimes multiple times, in order to break the parasite’s life cycle.
Because not all types of gastrointestinal (GI) parasites will be destroyed by deworming medication, it is also important to test your pet’s stool to ensure no other parasites exist. Some GI parasites (like Roundworms) are contagious to humans. A quick and easy fecal exam can protect your pets and your family.
Flea and tick medication is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Fleas and ticks can carry parasites that can make your puppy very sick. It is easy to protect them with monthly flea and tick prevention.